HARDWICK TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – The Attorney General’s shooting response team is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of an officer-involved shooting involving the New Jersey State Police late Friday night in Hardwick Township.
The shooting occurred at around 11:35 p.m. in the area of Old Mine Road where Todd Gregory, 47, of Coram, NY, who was armed with two rifles, died of a gunshot wound.
The incident began yesterday at around 6:40 p.m. when Suffolk County Police say Gregory allegedly began firing a rifle out of his 2006 white GMC pick-up truck at a small group of people in Middle Island, New York.
Although it is unclear how many bullets were fired, one shot went through the rear window of a parked vehicle. Police also say a 15-year-old boy standing behind the vehicle was struck in the chest and arm by small pieces of flying debris caused by the bullet. Gregory, who was known to the group, fled the scene in the GMC. The unidentified injured boy was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was treated for minor wounds and released.
Detectives determined that Gregory was possibly suicidal and may have been fleeing New York State. Detectives notified Nassau County Police, New York City Police, New York State Troopers, New Jersey State Police and Pennsylvania State Police of the vehicle description, possible destination, that Gregory was armed with several weapons, was reportedly suicidal, and planned to engage with law enforcement.
New Jersey State Police Troopers located Gregory driving into New Jersey on I-80 in Knowlton Township and attempted to pull over Gregory’s white pickup truck, but he did not stop. Troopers followed Gregory to Old Mine Road in Hardwick, where they lost sight of his vehicle.
Officers conducted a search and located the white pickup truck in a secluded area. As troopers approached the suspect vehicle on foot, a gunshot was heard within the vehicle. At that time, one trooper fired multiple rounds into the suspect vehicle. Gregory was found in the vehicle with a fatal gunshot wound. Two rifles were recovered from the pickup truck.
Gregory was pronounced dead at the scene and no troopers were injured.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.
In New Jersey, all investigations of police deadly force incidents are governed by the Attorney General’s Independent Prosecutor Directive, issued in 2006 and strengthened in 2015, which establishes strict procedures for conducting such investigations. It requires the Attorney General to review all deadly force investigations, and in some cases conduct them as well. In this case, the investigation is being conducted directly by the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team. The directive further provides that unless the undisputed facts indicate the use of force was justified under the law, the circumstances of the incident must ultimately be presented to a grand jury, composed of 23 civilians, for its independent review.
Published by: Katie Moriarty
Contributors: Jay Edwards, Reports via Suffolk County Police Dept.